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Mets: 3 overreactions to a rough weekend trip to Tampa Bay

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - MAY 14: Brett Phillips #35 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates after hitting a base hit walk off to defeat the New York Mets at Tropicana Field on May 14, 2021 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - MAY 14: Brett Phillips #35 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates after hitting a base hit walk off to defeat the New York Mets at Tropicana Field on May 14, 2021 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – MAY 14: Francisco Lindor #12 of the New York Mets reacts to striking out against Tyler Glasnow of the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Tropicana Field on May 14, 2021 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

The Mets offense is a much bigger problem than any of us realized

Let’s recap how the Mets scored runs this weekend, shall we?

On Friday, they got a two-run shot from Jonathan Villar. On Saturday, the bats came to life a little more and in a wider variety of ways. However, the five runs they did score wasn’t close to the 12-spot put up by Tampa Bay.

On Sunday, the series ended with a lone run across the board for the Mets. This came on the aforementioned home run from Mazeika. Other than his dinger, the club managed one other hit all afternoon.

It’s tough to win games when you don’t score many runs. I think it’s even more difficult when they come from your backup infielder and Triple-A catcher.

The Mets leave Tampa Bay with a lot of questions about the starting lineup. There’s no real obvious solution other than to sit down with Donnie Stevenson for a few more approach lessons. The bats looked far too listless in this series versus Tampa Bay. With a chance to steal a victory versus Tyler Glasnow on Friday, the momentum seemed to shift quickly.

Heading into the upcoming series versus the Atlanta Braves, this club has more guys hitting below .250 than anyone would like to see plus a superstar shortstop that can’t seem to string together a hot streak.

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Offense is down all around baseball this season. This doesn’t excuse the weekend the Mets bats had. They looked absolutely lost out there which wouldn’t be such a big concern if this was something new. It’s not. This built-to-score-runs team has failed to do much at the plate. We can only hope they take this sweep as hard as the fans do.

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